Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Paul's Remedy: Live By The Spirit
I) Proper & Good Governance of Church Funds: The church funds are regulated under the Charities Act. Are there proper accounting and transparency?; are the duties of the Governing Board and the Management Team properly spelt out and segregated? etc. I remember not long ago many churches were renovating, retrofitting and building and re-building their churches - congregations were asked to make donations for their building funds; what I found disgusting was the wanton waste of monies - renovations done one or two years ago were demolished and re-built. My common sense tells me never to donate to such funds!
II) False Teaching &False Prophets: God tells us to guard against false teaching and false prophets. Colossians 2:8 states: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." And more 2 Peter 2:1-3 say "But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them - bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them and their destruction has not been sleeping." My question is "Is there a Body within the churches which will study and vet such teachings - whether they are biblically correct, etc.?" or is there room for Government to step in when something is basically wrong!? I remember not long ago many of our overseas students were "captured" by cult teaching and cult groups. I have heard horrendous stories of children disobeying, renouncing and forsaking their parents!